Not many people can look back in their lives and pinpoint some exact moments that changed their lives. And to find the most important moment of all those moments is a hard thing to do for most of them. For me, I had two very important moments that had a huge impact on my life which are Participating in January 25th revolution and Joining the AUC. However, I find Joining the AUC is more important as it was a part of the influence I had that made me wanting to participate in the revolution. Joining the AUC was a very hard decision to make; it took a very long time to get it done.

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We have to go back to the beginning of the story, which can be divided to four phases of my life. The first phase would be my childhood. I always wanted to be an engineer, I was a huge fan of electronic devices, I loved to fix things, and I even tried many times to create new things of my broken toys. Then, it was my late childhood when we got our first computer, I was about 10 back then, it was amazing and I used to spend hours playing and exploring new things about it, and that was when I started falling in love with computers.

I had that computer for many years till I finished my last year in preparatory education with high grades, that was when I asked my father for a new better computer which I used to spend longer time using than I used to spend using the other as it was more developed and advanced. The second phase would be the end of my first year in secondary education, which is when the cause of the problem emerged. It was when I had to decide if I will go for science subjects or mathematics subjects.

My mother is a doctor and my father is a lawyer, they both wanted me to be a doctor, I kept telling them that I do not want to go for

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medicine and that I wanted to go for computer engineering. My mother discussed it with me and she was telling me that if I do not get the required grade for engineering I will have to go for other fields and colleges that are too hard and their future career is not so bright but if I choose to study science and do not get the required grade for medicine I would have the chance to go for other good colleges like pharmacy or dentistry for example.

As well as that, she tried convincing me through telling me the benefits of studying medicine and how it would help people greatly by lessening their suffering and pain which was the reason why she studied medicine and wanted to be a doctor. I was convinced easily and gave up my dream. The third phase would be when I got the required grades and even higher and joined the faculty of medicine in Zagazig University. When I and my family knew the results, we all were happy and celebrating, I was happy that I did not disappoint my parents and was done with the first step of fulfilling their dream.

Then, school started, I was having fun and university life was a new experience that I enjoyed but after a while when I had to start studying, I was not interested in the subjects at all and found it too hard to study so I decided to leave it till the end of the academic year right before the exams by a month or two to study just for the exams not for knowledge, and it was it. I studied before the exams and got average grades but I was able to pass.

It was a disappointment to my parents as they expected me to be of the highest grades students. I started complaining because I didn’t like it, and that was when my mother knew that if I keep on doing this it will be no good and I will end up wasting time and my life so she thought of asking my father to let me transfer to the AUC and study what I like which is engineering. My father refused as he wanted me to be a doctor and replied to her that I will do better in the next year and it was just because it was a new life for me.

I was disappointed and started getting depressed, on the second year I did the same thing I did before in the first one but this time it was even worse and it did not work out good, I had four courses and I only attended final exams of only two of them and kept the other two for the next year. By the third year when I was actually repeating the two courses I did not attend their finals I went into deep depression which made my parents rethink of me joining the AUC all over again.

And that was it; by the middle of the academic year I came to the AUC and applied. The fourth and the last phase would when I got my acceptance letter from the AUC, I remember that day, I was very happy and nervous at the same time as it was a dream I have been dreaming of for more than 3 years. My life has changed greatly and has been different since then. It is an amazing experience; I am having new friends, meeting new people every day and learning so many new things. I really do not regret making this decision.

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